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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Rollin', Jul 20, 2019.
I think this will be the last but it sure will be a memorable ride.
After riding large V-twins for years I never thought I would be doing a long road trip on a 650 but if I did another trip like this I would still pick the DL650. Was comfortable on the long days, worked well on the gravel and had great lower speed fuel mileage.
Had enough power and worked well on every road and weather condition. I think I had over a 1000 miles of rain and almost 1100 miles of gravel travel with no issues (except for the ones I caused).
I'd like to get a new 650 too. But my 2012 is just fine since it's paid for.
Farthest north I've ever been is Lynn Lake in Manitoba. Fishing when I was a kid.
Of all of your ride reports I think that this may be my favorite!! It's great to see you back in the saddle and taking some time for yourself.
I got goosebumps looking at some of the pics and really enjoyed the fine storytelling. Man do I miss AK now!!
Thanks for sharing your journey.
Thanks Dave! This ride has become my favorite.
I do a lot of planning and preparing before a trip and think I can just run the program but on this trip I had to deal with unexpected issues almost everyday. It sure made the ride more challenging and the end in Tuktoyaktuk more emotional. I like to think I'm a tough guy but I don't think the end in Tuk would have been the same had it been easier.
It was worth the wait.
Would I do it again? I would leave tomorrow if I could.
What worked -
The MRA XC Multi-X-Creen windshield worked as hoped. During rain I would tilt the top shield back and the extra airflow would help clear the face shield. Even bent, twisted and cracked it was still useful for the ride home.
The Cyclops TPMS was nice to have. With at least 1000 miles of rain I can say the monitor is waterproof. The monitor broke off in the crash but still works, just needs a new mounting bracket.
The AltRider crash bar and slider protected the left side of the bike, protected the radiator and no broken foot peg or shifter.
The left side factory hand guard took a hit, enough to bend the handlebar back and down two inches but still protected the clutch lever.
The new Zumo 396 GPS worked well but quit working just before Eagle Plains. Could not get it to turn on. A guy in a parking lot in Inuvik let me try his Garmin car charger and that worked so now I knew it was a problem with the charging wiring or GPS dock. @Bigbob1 met me in Whitehorse and gave me a Garmin USB charging cable. (Thanks Bob) I had some time in Whitehorse so I tried one more thing, I remembered that the Zumo power cord has a self resetting breaker so I removed the cable at the battery and then reinstalled it. It worked and worked all the way home, I still don't trust the power cord and would replace it if I did another long ride.
The Heidenau K60 Scout tires worked well on everything except the deep sticky mud just north of Eagle Plains. I think if I had a more aggressive mud tire I would have made it up the hills that day and I would have made it to Tuktoyaktuk on July 1st. I wanted to make it to Tuk July 1st for Canada Day but later I was told that it rained in Tuk on the 1st and I had a great day on the 2nd. So thanks Heidenau K60 Scout tire for not making it up the hill.
The front fork and rear shock seal protectors did their job, everything was clean when I removed them.
Spot GEN 3 - no issues
Shoei Neotec helmet - retired
Firstgear gloves - they were old but my favorite. Left glove torn in crash - retired
What a great read this was, loved every post.
I enjoyed the ride and sharing the story.
Great report. Always great to read the what works, what doesn't work recap. So valuable for anyone trying to decide what gear or bike to get next. Hope this isn't your last ride...
What do you think was the most popular bike you noticed on your trip. On our trip to alaska late July this year, most popular seemed to be the gs1200, tiger 800, and slot of vee stroms.
I didn't see a lot of bikes but did see a few Africa Twins, a Versy's , KTM ?, KLR and a few BMW's.
I didn't see a lot of bikes but did see a few Africa Twins, a Versy's , KTM ?, KLR and a few BMW's.[
Brilliant report! Thank you for sharing. This is on the list and RR like this stand as a reminder to keep working the list.
After hours and hours and hours of cleaning , new body panels , handlebar and a windshield the DL is...pretty again.
Is there some sort of oil filter cover on there?
Its a reusable oil filter. Used it for rock protection.
Wow!! I'm so happy for you!!
Great read! Sorry to hear about your spill.
It did add to the adventure.
I received the Iron Butt certificate for the day one 1000+ mile ride from S.E. Wisconsin to Regina, Saskatchewan. That was my 30th IBA ride.